Richland College basketball team advances to conference tournament semifinal round

The Richland College basketball team moved one step closer to a Metro-Athletic Conference championship and berth to the National Junior College Athletic Association tournament with a 75-70 victory on Wednesday over Lamar State College.

The win advances the T-Ducks to the conference tournament semifinal round, when they travel to play at and against North Lake College at 6 p.m. today.

“Once you get to the conference tournament every win is big.  Whether it’s two points, five points, or 20 points,” T-Duck coach Jon Felmet said. “However, in our league there’s not going to be a 20 point victory this late in the season.  We really needed that win for obvious reasons – to keep from being sent home. We needed it to regain some momentum we lost on Saturday versus Brookhaven.  To win the way we did, should help us be prepared tonight against Northlake.”

The T-Ducks have yet to beat North Lake this season, losing both games.

Today’s winner will play the winner of the Brookhaven/Eastfield game for the conference championship.

“Tonight isn’t about hitting shots, rebounding and defending, it’s about heart, desire and determination,” Felmet said. “The team that dives on the floor for loose balls, takes charges and scrap for every rebound will win this game and move on to the finals.”

The red-hot T-Ducks have won five of their last six games and enter tonight’s huge game having received big contributions from a number of players in the win over Lamar State College.

Brent Creacy continued his hot streak from beyond the 3-point line for the T-Ducks as he finished with 20 points, eight rebounds and five assists.

Also coming up big were Antwan Mullins (20 points, five rebounds and nine assists), Tony Bishop (16 points, eight rebounds and three assists), Jeff Steinbaugh (six points, two rebounds and four assists) and Chibuzo Elonu (six points and nine rebounds).

“We are 30 games into the season, and it does seem like everyone is contributing,” Felmet said. “I really believe that we have a great opportunity in front of us, and it’s my job to make the guys realize that.  At this point of the season, it’s about believing in everyone around you including the coaching staff and players.”